Studio founder Larry Malcic retiring after 30 years

HOK London Studio Leadership

HOK London Studio Leadership (L-R): Andrew Childs, director of finance; Farrah Hassan-Hardwick, marketing principal; Dan Hajjar, managing principal; David Weatherhead, design principal; John Rhodes, design principal

HOK has said that the man who helped set up its London office 30 years ago is retiring.

American Larry Malcic swapped St Louis in the US for London to help establish the firm’s UK outpost back in 1989.

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Larry Malcic

HOK set up its office in 1987 and since then the studio has worked on a number of high-profile schemes in the UK including the Barclays headquarters building in Canary Wharf and the Cabinet War Rooms expansion at the Imperial war Museum.

Malcic will carry out consultancy work for the firm which has named David Weatherhead and John Rhodes as design principals under the changes.

Weatherhead joined HOK from PLP back in 2016 while Rhodes, who is a director of the firm’s sports arm and is working on a new 12,000-seat arena for FC Barcelona, joined five years ago from Populous – the sports specialist which was formed out of HOK Sport following a management buyout 10 years ago.